Full names / Date and place of birth
Dirk Emiel Marie VAN RAEMDONCK 15 April 1959, Beveren-Waas, Belgium
- 1965-1971 : Primary School: Sint-Thomas College, Antwerp
- 1971-1977 : High School: Sint-Thomas College, Antwerp (Latin-Greek)
- 1977-1984 : Medical School: KU Leuven
- 28 June 1980 : Bachelor in Medicine: KU Leuven
- 29 June 1984 : Doctor in Medicine: KU Leuven
- 31 July 1990 : Consulting Physician in Surgery: KU Leuven
- 22 May 1998 : Doctor in Medical Sciences: KU Leuven
- 10 June 2004 : Certificate in Hospital Management: KU Leuven
- 01/08/1984-31/07/1986 :
- Assistant in training, Department of general surgery, Virga Jesse Ziekenhuis, Hasselt, Belgium (Dr J Kesteman & Dr F. Roekaerts)
- 01/08/1986-31/12/1989 :
- 01/01/1990-31/12/1990 :
- 01/01/1991-30/06/1991 :
- 01/07/1991-31/12/1991 :
- 01/06/1990 : Prize for the best presented junior paper at the Midlands Cardiothoracic Surgical Meeting, Leicester, U.K.
- 06/05/1995 : Prize A Duprez (Royal Belgian Society for Surgery) for the best paper published in the Acta Chirurgica Belgica 1994, Brussels.
- 09/12/1998 : Prize J. Bernheim (Cardiac Surgical Foundation) for cardiothoracic research, Brussels.
- 28/04/2000 : Prize R. Kiekens (Royal Belgian Society for Surgery) for the best experimental work, Knokke.
- 01/11/2000 : Brompton Prize (European Society of Thoracic Surgeons) for the best presentation at the 8th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery, London, U.K.
- 20/11/2010 : Best abstract award (Belgian Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery) for the best abstract at the 15th Congress on Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Brussels, Belgium
- 17/11/2012 : Best abstract award (Belgian Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery) for for best abstract presented at the 17th Congress on Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Gent, Belgium
Dr Waterer is a respiratory physician at Royal Perth Hospital and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago. He is currently the Chair of the American Thoracic Society and Infectious Diseases Society of America Community Acquired Pneumonia Guidelines and a panel member of the ATS/IDSA HAP/VAP guidelines. He has over 150 peer reviewed publication, more than 60 invited international presentations and is on the Editorial Board of 8 journals including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest and the European Respiratory Journal.
Jens Gottlieb MD is assistant professor and medical director at the department of respiratory medicine at the Hannover Medical School. He heads the lung-transplantation outpatient clinicsince 2004. In this role and as a consultant for pulmonary medicine, transplantation and interventional bronchoscopy he is specialized in the field of evaluation and follow-up of lung transplantation. His research focusses on follow-up care and the management of chronic lung allograft dysfunctions. He is author of numerous publications in this field (128 publications, h-Index is 25, total citations 1528).
Kostas N. Priftis, MD is Associate Professor in Paediatric Pulmonology, at the Children’s Respiratory and Allergy Unit, 3rd Department of Paediatrics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Greece. He graduated from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1976) and defended his PhD thesis at the University of Athens (1982). Completed his residency training in Paediatrics at the University of Patras (1985) and a research fellowship in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the University of Nottingham Medical School, UK (1989). His research focuses on childhood asthma, allergy and chronic endobronchial infections. He has authored more than 160 scientific publications in peer reviewed international journals (h–index 29), edited 5 books or special issues (in English) and his work has received over 3,100 citations. This period serves as chair of Bronchology Group of the ERS Paediatric Assembly.
Marc Moss is the Roger S. Mitchell Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is also the Program Director for the Education, Training, and Career Development section of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He served as the Chair of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference Committee from 2009-2011, and is currently the Vice President for the ATS. He will be the ATS President from 2017-2018. Dr. Moss’s research interests include identifying new treatment modalities for patients with the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), and exploring the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction in critically ill patients who require mechanical ventilation. In addition, he is the principal investigator for the Colorado site in the NHLBI sponsored Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) network.
Mario Cazzola, MD
Postgraduate School of Respiratory Medicine,University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Rome, Italy
Mario Cazzola is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Director of the Postgraduate School of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Rome, Italy, where he is also Chief of the Respiratory Clinical Pharmacology Unit. He is Honorary Professor at the Sackler Institute of Pulmonary Pharmacology, GKT School of Biomedical Sciences, London, UK.
He is the author or co-author of almost 500 scientific papers.
He founded Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Diseases and served as its first Editor-in-chief. He is serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, an Associate Editor for Respiratory Medicine, for Respiratory Research, and for Clinical Investigation, and a Section Editor for The Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.
He was the Chairman of the Airway Pharmacology and Treatment Group, the Secretary of the Inflammatory Airway Diseases and Clinical Allergy Assembly and the Postgraduate Courses Director at the European Respiratory Society. He was the Co-chairman of the European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society Task Force “Outcomes for COPD pharmacological trials: from lung function to biomarkers”. He is a member of the steering committee of the Airway Disorders Network and is serving as Governor of the Italian Chapter at the American College of Chest Physicians. He is the Chairman of the Southern Europe Chapter at Interasma, and the Chair of the Med COPD Forum.
Miguel R. Gonçalves, PT PhD
- Graduated licensed degree in Physiotherapy by the Health University of Alcoitão, Lisbon, Portugal
- PhD degree in Biomedicine by the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto with the thesis entitled “Non-invasive mechanical ventilation and mechanical assisted cough: physiologic effects, from acute to chronic settings”.
- Fellow of “ The Center for Noninvasive Ventilation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA” under the clinical supervision and orientation of Professor John R. Bach.
- Registered Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Specialist of the Lung Function and Ventilation unit, Pulmonary Medicine Department and of the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department. University Hospital of S. João, Porto, Portugal.
- Senior University Professor of Respiratory Physiotherapy in the Allied Health School of Vale do Sousa, Portugal since 2006.
- Professor of Pulmonary Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal, since 2007.
- Author and co-author of several oral presentations and poster discussions in the main national and international respiratory medicine congresses including the European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society annual meetings.
- Invited speaker and chairman for 360 lectures in several national and international events in more than 31 different countries (Europe, North America, South America, Africa Asia and Australia). Such events include congresses, meetings and Pós graduated courses with topics related to noninvasive mechanical ventilation, airway secretion clearance, respiratory management in neuromuscular disorders and pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Author and co-author of several studies (>50) published in peer- reviewed international journals with topics related to noninvasive mechanical ventilation, airway secretion clearance, respiratory management in neuromuscular disorders, Respiratory Care, Ventilator weaning in critical care and pulmonary rehabilitation.
- Member of the Physiotherapy Assembly of the European Respiratory Society (ERS).
- Member of the Noninvasive ventilation support group of the European Respiratory Society (ERS).
- Member of the International Council and Advisory Board of the European Respiratory Care Association (ERCA).
- Member of the directorial board of the Cardio-Respiratory Group of the Portuguese Society of Physiotherapists.
- Member of the research and coordination group for noninvasive mechanical ventilation of the University Hospital of S. João, Porto, Portugal.
- Member of the College of Experts of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) since 2014.
- Thematic Editor (Respiratory Physiotherapy) of the Portuguese Journal of Pulmonology since 2010.
- Invited reviewer of scientific journals: Intensive Care Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, European Respiratory Journal, British Medical Journal, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Respiratory Care, Respirology, Respiratory Medicine, CHEST, Journal of Neurologic Sciences, PLOS ONE, Journal of COPD, J Clinical Case Reports, among others.
-Bach JR, Goncalves MR, “Noninvasive ventilation or paradigm paralysis”. Eur Respir J, 2004. 23: p. 651-654.
-JC Winck, MR Gonçalves. et al., “Effects of Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation on Respiratory Parameters for Patients With Chronic Airway Secretion Encumbrance”. Chest, 2004. 126: p. 774-780.
– Gonçalves MR, Winck JC, “Managing Non-Invasive Ventilation – a Portuguese experience”. IVUN news. 2002;Winter edition
–Gonçalves MR, Winck JC Lourenço C, Viana P, Almeida J. “Effects of Mechanical In-Exsufflation in Chronic Ventilatory Failure- a preliminary evaluation”. Rev Port Med Intens. 2002;11:S12
– Gonçalves MR, Winck JC Lourenço C, Viana P, Almeida J. “Effects of Mechanical In-Exsufflation in Chronic Ventilatory Failure”; Eur Respir J 2003, 18, 756-58.
–Gonçalves MR, Winck JC; “Mouthpiece Intermitent Positive Pressure Ventilation for neuromuscular disease patients”. IVUN news. 2003; Spring edition.
–MR Gonçalves, JC Winck, J Almeida, J Agostinho Marques, “Insuficiência Respiratória aguda na esclerose lateral amiotrófica e em lesões vertebro medulares – uma abordagem não invasiva”, Rev Port Pneumologia, S124 Vol 10, nº1,2004, 124-125
-JR Bach and MR. Goncalves, “Ventilatory weaning by lung expansion and decanulation”. Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 2004. 83: p. 560-8.
– Gonçalves MR; Winck JC; Nadais G; Oliveira e Silva A; Almeida J; Agostinho Marques J; “Acute Respiratory Failure in Amyotrphic Lateral Sclerosis: management with non-invasive respiratory aids”; Eur Respir J, 2004, 27 643-45.
– MR Gonçalves, “Ventilacion No Invasiva en Pediatria; utilidad de da Fisioterapia Respiratória”. En: Medina A, Pons M, Esquinas A (eds), Ventilacion No Invasiva en Pediatria. Madrid: Ergon 2004; 97- 103
– MR Gonçalves, JR Bach ; “Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation improves outcomes for neuromuscular disease patients with respiratory tract infectons – a step in the right direction” ; Am J Phys Med Rehabil, 2005; 84; 89 – 91.
– Winck JC and MR Goncalves. 2005. “Muscles and lungs: fatal attraction, but time for intervention”. Monaldi Arch Chest Dis 63(3):121-3.
– Bach JR, Goncalves MR, Paez S, Winck JC, Leitao S, Abreu P. ; “Expiratory flow maneuvers in patients with neuromuscular diseases” ; Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Feb;85(2):105-11. – John R Bach, Miguel R. Gonçalves; “Pulmonary Rehabilitation in neuromuscular disorders and spinal cord injuries”; Rev Port Pneumologia, Vol XII, nº 1 ; p 27-44.
– Bach JR, Bianchi C, Finder J, Fragasso T, Goncalves MR, Ishikawa Y, Ramlall AK, McKim D, Servera E, Vianello A, Villanova M, Winck JC. “Tracheostomy tubes are not needed for Duchenne muscular dystrophy”. Eur Respir J. 2006 Sep;28(3):468-9.
– John R. Bach M.D, Miguel R. Goncalves, Michal Eisenberg, João Carlos Winck, Eric Altschuler; “A Ventilator Requirement Index for patients with neuromuscular disease”; Am J Phys Med Rehab 2008
– Bach JR, Mahajan K, Lipa B, Saporito L, Goncalves MR, Komaroff E. “Lung insufflation capacity in neuromuscular disease”. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Sep;87(9):720-5.
– Miguel R. Gonçalves, João Carlos Winck; “Exploring the potential of Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation; BREATHE 2008, 4, 326-329 · JC Winck, MR Gonçalves; “Management of acute respiratory failure in restrictive disorders (obesity excluded)”; Eur Respir Mon 2008, 41, 37-46 · Hamdani I, Bach JR, Gonçalves MR; Extubation of Unweanable Patients with Neuromuscular Weakness: A New Management Paradigm; Am J Respir Crit Care Med ;179; 2009, A3048· John R. Bach, Miguel R. Gonçalves, Irram Hamdani, João Carlos Winck; Extubation of Patients with Neuromuscular Weakness: A new management paradigm; CHEST, 2010; 137(5):1033–1039
· Bento J, Gonçalves M, Silva N, Pinto T, Marinho A, Winck JC. [Indications and compliance of home mechanical insufflation-exsufflation in patients with neuromuscular diseases]. Arch Bronconeumol. 2010 Aug;46(8):420-5. · Vitacca M, Paneroni M, Trainini D, Bianchi L, Assoni G, Saleri M, Gilè S,Winck JC and Gonçalves MR. At home and on demand mechanical cough assistance program for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 May;89(5):401-6. · Winck JC, Gonçalves MR, Silva N. Oxygen or ventilation during flight for patients with neuromuscular disease? Thorax. 2010 Apr;65(4):370-1.· Loureiro CC, Drummond M, Magalhães A, Santaclara E, Gonçalves MR, Winck JC. Simultaneous sleep study and nasoendoscopic investigation in a patient with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome refractory to continuous positive airway pressure: a case report. J Med Case Reports. 2009 Dec 2;3:9315.
- Winck JC, Gonçalves MR; H1N1 infection and acute respiratory failure: Can we give non-invasive ventilation a chance? Rev Port Pneumol. 2010 Nov;16(6):907-911
- Winck JC, Gonçalves MR. Noninvasive ventilation: on the road to organization or towards the Tower of Babel? Minerva Anestesiol. 2011 Mar;77(3):263-5.
- João Carlos Winck, Miguel R. Gonçalves; The evolution of practice of noninvasive ventilation: epidemiologic outcomes and patient’s preference; J Med Pers (2011) 9: 1–5
- Belchior I, Gonçalves MR, Winck JC. Continuous noninvasive ventilation delivered by a novel total face mask: a case series report. Respir Care. 2012 Mar;57(3):449-53. Epub 2011 Sep 26
- Bolikal P, Bach JR and Gonçalves MR; Electrophrenic pacing and decannulation for high-level spinal cord injury: A case series. J Spinal Cord Med; 2012;35 (3):170-4
- Goncalves MR, Honrado T, Winck JC, Paiva JA. Effects of mechanical insufflation-exsufflation in preventing respiratory failure after extubation: a randomized controlled trial. Crit Care. 2012 Mar 15; 16 (2)
- Bach JR, Gonçalves MR, Hon A, Ishikawa Y, De Vito EL, Prado F, Dominguez ME; Changing Trends in the Management of End-Stage Neuromuscular Respiratory Muscle Failure: Recommendations of an International Consensus. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Oct 9.
- Bach JR, Barrow SE, Gonçalves MR; “A historical perspective on expiratory muscle aids and their impact on home care”; Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Oct;92 (10):930-41.
- Tran J, Bach JR, Gonçalves MR. Alternatives to mouthpiece noninvasive ventilatory support to permit dental care. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014; Feb;93(2):182-5.
- Bach JR, Gonçalves MR, Rodriguez PL, Saporito L, Soares L. Cuff deflation: rehabilitation in critical care. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Aug;93(8):719-23.
- Book Chapters and Manuals
- MR Gonçalves, “Reabilitação Pulmonar em Doenças Neuromusculares, a evidencia de uma nova abordagem”, Boletim da Associação Portuguesa de doentes Neuromusculares, nº 32, Outubro de 2002.
- MR Gonçalves, “Reabilitação Pulmonar em Doenças Neuromusculares, a prática de uma nova evidencia”, Boletim da Associação Portuguesa de doentes Neuromusculares, nº. 33, Fevereiro de 2003.
- Miguel R. Gonçalves; “Abordagens ventilatórias na Atrofia Muscular Espinhal”; página oficial da Associação Brasileira de Amiotrofia Espinhal (atrofiaespinhal.org) 2007.
- Gonçalves MR, Winck JC “Managing Non-Invasive Ventilation – a Portuguese experience”. IVUN news. 2002;Winter edition
- Gonçalves MR, Winck JC “Mouthpiece Intermitent Positive Pressure Ventilation for neuromuscular disease patients”. IVUN news. 2003;Spring edition.
- Gonçalves, “Ventilacion No Invasiva en Pediatria; utilidad de da Fisioterapia Respiratória”. En: Medina A, Pons M, Esquinas A (eds), Ventilacion No Invasiva en Pediatria. Madrid: Ergon 2004; 97- 103
- Miguel R. Gonçalves, Pedro Vergara, “Fisioterapia Respiratória en el paciente con VNI”, Ventilacion No Invasiva; Ed. Abraham Ali; Chapter 30, Editora Columbiana 2007.
- Miguel R. Gonçalves; “Secretion management”; Ventilatory Support in Chronic Respiratory Failure; Chapter 28; Ed. Nicolino Ambrosino and Roger Goldstein; Chapter 28, pag 343-365 Taylor&Francis 2008.
- Gonçalves, MR, “Respiratory physiotherapy in non-invasive ventilation”; (in) Non invasive ventilation in pediatrics” Ed: Medina A, Pons M, Martinón-Torres F, 2nd Edition Madrid: Ergon 2009; 147- 155.
- Miguel R. Gonçalves, João Carlos Winck, “Respiratory physiotherapy (including cough assistance techniques and glossopharyngeal breathing); (in) Noninvasive Ventilation & Weaning: Principles and Practice; Ed: Mark Elliot, Stefano Nava and Bernd Schonhofer Hodder &Arnold 2010 Section N pag 559 – 568
- Miguel R. Gonçalves, João Carlos Winck; Ventilação não invasiva nas doenças neuromusculares; Jornal do 18º Congresso de Pneumologia do Norte; JasFarma, Março 2011, pag 14.
- Miguel R. Gonçalves, Abordagem Respiratória em Doenças Neuromusculares, Jornal da Associação Carioca de Distrofia Muscular (ACADIM), nº 21, Brasil Setembro 2011.
- Miguel R. Gonçalves, Ventilação mecânica não invasiva: Indicações fundamentais para a Pneumologia; Jornal do 19º Congresso de Pneumologia do Norte; JasFarma, Março 2012, pag 4.
- Miguel R. Gonçalves, Rita Barbosa, Fisioterapia Respiratória e Ventilação Mecânica Não Invasiva nas Doenças Neuromusculares; PROFISIO, Programa de Actualização ASSOBRAFIR; ArtMed Editora Brasil 2012 (3), pág133-166
Dr Mina Gaga, MD, PhD specialized in Respiratory Medicine and specialized further in the Dept of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Imperial College and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, where she was Visiting Academic. She is currently Director of the 7th Respiratory Medicine Dept and Asthma Centre at Athens Chest Hospital as well as Medical Director of the Hospital. She is much involved in clinical work focusing particularly in asthma and lung cancer, in clinical research and in medical education programs. She has been actively involved as PI in multiple clinical trials in Asthma and COPD and has been active internationally in guideline development for severe asthma. She has published extensively in these research areas. She has moreover served as Director of Learning Resources of the ERS School, Secretary of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) and Secretary General of the ERS, serves in the HERMES examination committee and the European Αdult and Thoracic Oncology HERMES Diplomas and is currently the ERS Vice-President.
Mina Gaga MD, PhD
Director, 7th Resp. Med. Dept and Asthma Center
Medical Director, Athens Chest Hospital
152 Mesogion Ave Athens 11527
Tel + 30 210 7781720, + 30 210 7763667
Fax +30 210 7781911
Ramon Rami-Porta was born in Barcelona, Spain, and graduated from Barcelona University Medical School in 1980. He followed specialty training in thoracic surgery at the Jimenez Diaz Foundation, Madrid, and was board-certified in thoracic surgery in 1985. During his residency he also worked on a research project on malignant pleural effusion for his PhD degree that he received in 1986 from the Autonomous University of Madrid. In the last years of his medical training and during his residency, he visited several institutions in the United States of America for further training, and, as a certified thoracic surgeon, he was an overseas trainee at the National Cancer Centre in Tokyo. As a thoracic surgeon he worked in Barcelona and in Santiago de Compostela, and he has been attending thoracic surgeon at Mutua Terrassa University Hospital, in Spain, since 1989. His major interests are lung cancer staging, surgical treatment of lung cancer, and thoracic oncology in general. He is a member of several national and international medical societies. He has been member of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer since 1990, and at the present time he is the Chair of the IASLC Staging and Prognostic Factors Committee.
Dr. Sadis Matalon is Distinguished Professor, Alice McNeal Chair, Vice Chair for Research and Director of the Molecular and Translational Biomedicine Division in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also serves as Director of the Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center of the School of Medicine. Dr. Matalon has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1978 and received a Career Investigator Award by the American Lung Association (1987–1992), a NIH MERIT Award (1997–2007), a Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment by the American Thoracic Society (2002), and various awards for teaching from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Thessaly, Larisa, Greece. He has published more than 250 research and articles and currently serves as principal investigator of three grants funded by NIH. His research interests focus on understanding the mechanisms of lung injury and repair and devising appropriate countermeasures. Dr. Matalon has been serving as Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology since 2012 and has been recently appointed as Associate Editor for Respiratory Research.
I was involved in the clinical practice since 1982
I became more and more involved in clinical research and care of the critically ill patients, mainly those affected by respiratory disorders
I worked abroad from 1985 till 1988 (Canada), few months in 1993 (Belgium) and in the 2006 (US)
I was first trained in Pavia University where my main interests were focused on asthma and COPD
I did my post-graduate fellowship at McGill University where my fields of interest were focused on the clinical importance of respiratory muscles (including pharmacology) and mechanical ventilation
I moved then to Montescano, part of the Maugeri Foundation where I started to work on patients affected by acute and chronic respiratory failure. I developed together with my Colleagues the technique of non-invasive mechanical ventilation (NIV), that we have applied for the first time in the world, as a weaning technique from invasive mechanical ventilation
In the year 2000 I was appointed Chief of the Respiratory Unit in Pavia, hospital part of the Maugeri Foundation, where I have continued my clinical job and my research on weaning, mechanical ventilation, clinical pharmacology, assessment of new technologies and more recently, ethics and palliative care of chronic respiratory patients
In 2010 I moved to Bologna when direct a 35 beds unit, including 7 ICU beds. I was recently appointed full time professor of Respiratory Medicine, and I have several academic commitments as a teacher for medical students, nurses, technicians and physiotherapists. I also teach at the specialty school of Respiratory Medicine, Anesthesia and Critical Care, Gerontology, Vascular Surgery, Hemathology and Infectious Disease.
I was also involved in several Scientific Society
American Thoracic Society (ATS): chairman of the critical care scientific program (2008-2009)
European Respiratory Society (ERS):
Actual director of Post-graduate Course Program. Previous head of Assembly n.2 (critical care)